Money got Kvyat into F1 ahead of Da Costa says Razia

Antonio Felix Da Costa

Antonio Felix Da Costa

Snubbed Red Bull junior driver Antonio Felix da Costa deserved to be promoted up to Formula 1 in 2014, but money talked at Toro Rosso claims Brazilian driver Luiz Razia.

Portuguese da Costa, 22, was the hot favourite to replace Daniel Ricciardo at Toro Rosso for next season, until backer Red Bull actually plucked the Russian teenager Daniil Kvyat straight out of GP3.

Razia, who almost secured the Marussia race seat this year before running into sponsorship issues, told Brazil’s Totalrace that he thinks that da Costa, who was a frontrunner in Formula Renault 3.5 this year and has now been signed as a Formula 1 test driver, deserves the Toro Rosso seat more.

“The strange thing is not the fact that [Kvyat] is coming from GP3,” he explained. “A driver can demonstrate his talent in many categories.

“What I’m saying it that there is a loss of momentum,” said Razia, insisting that da Costa showed every sign of being prepared to take the final step into Formula 1.

“Antonio won a third of the races he contested in the World Series. The Arden team is good, but it had some problems in this season, but even so, he finished the Championship third,” he added.

Razia, the 2012 GP2 runner-up, said that he thinks that other factors played in Kvyat’s favour when Red Bull was making its choice for 2014.

“I’m the devil’s advocate because I’m Antonio’s friend, but I think he was in a much stronger position [to debut in Formula 1].

“But we all know that is not all – it is very clear that next year there is a race in Russia, and Formula 1 needs a Russian.

“[Formula 1] is a very political category, and [Kvyat] is even sponsored by a Russian bank. Toro Rosso has difficulties, as everyone does, so it was a situation where everything fell into place for him,” he added. (GMM)

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  • SteveisGreat

    Another jealous and petty comment…

    thanks for the update on the state of pay to play f1, as if we’d forgotten.

  • Jack

    Lezbehonest here, Torro Rosso is for developing the BEST drivers for RBR… Why should they take a driver with better sponsors rather than a driver that is more talented when Torro Rosso is bankrolled by Red Bull anyway?

  • Kimi4WDC


  • Snowman

    Can any of you actually read? How is it jealously if he is saying Costa is better, and not himself is better?

  • Hawk

    that is a very naive question. at that rate you will find yourself asking the very same question to more than half of the teams.

  • mrfill

    Kvyat drove in GP3 for MW Arden. (That’s MW for Mark Webber incidentally). Team principals – C Horner & M Webber
    He won the GP3 title convincingly, so it is hardly surprising that the eyes were on him for the Toro Rosso (aka Red Bull2) seat. A case of being in the right place at the right time.

  • Jack

    But are half of the other teams on the grid owned by another team such that Red Bull is with Torro Rosso?

  • Badman Jose


    So whats new with this tale.

    That old axiom still hold true “You cannot buy talent”.


  • farizY


    Apparently some people just don’t know how to read. LOL.

    Can’t wait to see what this kid can do.

    As for Da Costa, he’ll have his chance.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    Kvyat dominated, Costa came 3rd. Simple.

  • Boycotthehaters

    “until backer Red Bull actually plucked the Russian teenager Daniil Kvyat straight out of GP3″

    They “actually plucked” him, did they?

    Kyvat was far more impressive than de Costa last year, no need to suggest silly conspiracy theories.

  • Badman Jose

    Actually I should keep my trap shut until I see
    what Kyvat has to offer. What I read here he has
    big ones and willing to take the risk. F1 is surely
    about taking risk, starting with RB is a wonderful
    opportunity, time will tell..


  • kerikosta

    – NO. Kvyat and Da Costa have one sponsor – Red Bull.
    – NO. They don’t need it. In Russia, Red Bull is a top energy drink.
    But what?
    – Just talent.
    P.S. Sorry for my bad english (if it is bad xD)